Craig Alexander scored a historic Ironman Triathlon hat trick today by winning 1) 2011 Ironman World Championships and 2) setting a new course record of 8:04:08 and 3) winning the 70.3 Ironman World Championships just a few weeks ago.
The 38-year-old Australian professional triathlete also become only the third man in history to win the race three times and also the oldest Ironman competitor to stand on the top step of the podium.
Alexander crossed the finish line in a remarkable time of 8:04:08, shattering the 15-year old course record held by Belgian Luc Van Lierde.
"I wish I could tell you how it feels," Alexander said after the race. "It's unbelievable I wish everyone in the world could feel what I felt in the that mile. It's the finish I've been dreaming of."
Australian triathlete Pete Jacobs came in second followed by German pro Andreas Raelert. Andy Potts was the the fastest American triathlete with a 17th place finish today.
2011 Ironman World Championship
Top Ten Professional Men
1. Craig Alexander (AUS) 8:03:56
2. Pete Jacobs (AUS) 8:09:11
3. Andreas Raelert (GER) 8:11:07
4. Dirk Bockel (LUX) 8:12:58
5. Timo Bracht (GER) 8:20:12
6. Mike Aigroz (SUI) 8:21:07
7. Raynard Tissink (RSA) 8:22:15
8. Andi Bocherer (GER) 8:23:19
9. Luke McKenzie (AUS) 8:25:42
10. Faris Al-Sultan (GER) 8:27:18
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